May Issue of Yankees Magazine is on the Shelves
May 11, 2011 – The May issue of Yankees Magazine is on the shelves!
As I wrote several times on this blog, this is one of the all-time great issues of Yankees Magazine.
It features a once-in-a-lifetime story with Alex Rodriguez, in which I depict the third baseman’s rigorous off-season workout regimen. As I described in previous blog entries, A-Rod was gracious enough to let team photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht and I spend two days with him in Miami over the winter. He allowed us to shadow him during his cardio, weight training and baseball workouts — an opportunity that he had never given to a journalist before.
On one of the days we were in Miami, Rodriguez brought us to the Boys & Girls Club that he spent so many afternoons at during his childhood. A-Rod has since helped the organization to make massive improvements to the baseball field he played his first competitive game on (see photo below), and he partially funded the construction of a state-of-the-art educational center on the campus.
During the afternoon we spent at the Boys & Girls Club, Rodriguez reflected on his childhood, sharing far too many memories to include in the two-page sidebar I wrote about the club.
Of those conversations, the one that I found to be the most memorable came when we were standing in the outfield of the Alex Rodriguez 40/40 Field (it was given that name in 1999).
“When I was 9-years old, my mom came to see me play for the first time,” Rodriguez shared. “I was so excited that she was there, I swung at a pitch that was literally over my head in my first at-bat. I went back to the bench in tears, but my mom reassured me that everything would be ok. I got a couple of hits after that, and we won the game. We went on to win the Boys & Girls Club championship.”
The cover of this issue is unlike any we have ever published. Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello took the photo on an early Tampa morning during spring training. The shot was taken where sunlight meets the dark hallway that brings players to the indoor batting cages at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
As if the photo isn’t special enough, we decided to add a special effect to it, embossing Rodriguez’ frame and adding texture to his clothes, which make them pop off the page.
If you’re going to be at Yankee Stadium this month, pick up a copy of this issue. And, to subscribe to Yankees Magazine, please call (800) GO-YANKS or log onto www.yankees.com/publications.
–Alfred Santasiere III